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Senate’s Licensed Activities Committee to Hear HB4643 Wednesday

Tuesday, May 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Senate’s Licensed Activities Committee to Hear HB4643 Wednesday

After unanimous passage in the House, our Direct Access bill has made it to the Senate with Senator John Mulroe now our chief sponsor.  HB 4643 is picking up sponsors and thank you to those of you who have reached out to your senator and asked for their support.  If you haven't -- do so today!  

You can find your Senator’s name and contact information at: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/illinois-senate/

Sample Message:

I ask for your support and co-sponsorship of HB 4643, which will provide greater access to physical therapists for your constituents. This agreed, engrossed bill passed unanimously in the House.

In summary, this bill:

  • Provides for direct access to physical therapists while providing public protection through a time limit (must demonstrate measurable and functional improvement within 10 visits or 15 business days and continuous improvement thereafter).
  • Requires physical therapists to collaborate with other health care professionals under certain circumstances, including treatment for TMD and wound debridement authorization.
  • Ensures that the physical therapist notifies the patient’s treating health care professional within 5 days, ensuring that all health care professionals in the continuum of care are informed of the patient’s treatment plan.
  • Requires physical therapists to refer to other health care professionals when the patient requires treatment outside the scope of physical therapy.

This important legislation will provide better and faster access to physical therapists for all populations, including Medicare patients, and will help in the fight against opioid abuse in Illinois, as physical therapy is a non-prescription, non- addictive way to reduce pain.

Please support
HB 4643.

FEEL FREE TO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE IN AN EMAIL TO YOUR COLLEAGUES, CLASSMATES, AND FRIENDS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY! Everyone will benefit from having DIRECT ACCESS to physical therapists in Illinois!

You can follow the bill’s progress here.

Does the Bill number change now that HB 4643 is in the Senate?

HB 4643 will be HB 4643 in the Senate and until the Governor signs it into law, where it goes from being a bill to a Public Act.  If you need to brush up on Government 101 and how a bill becomes a law, read this summary.

How A Bill Becomes A Law

Is this really direct access?
HB 4643 creates direct access similar to what 44 other states have.  The APTA has a summary document the explains the various forms of direct access in all states. 

How will Direct Access change practice in Illinois?
As we are cautiously optimistic that HB 4643 will become law in Illinois, the IPTA anticipates forming several practice setting specific work groups that will develop materials and resources to help clinicians implement direct access in their workplace.

If you are interested in serving on one of the work groups, please email ipta@ipta.org with your contact information and practice setting interest.  In the meantime, the APTA has resources. Click here.

How does Direct Access affect insurance?
Many insurance companies now recognize the cost savings associated with direct access and do not require a referral for payment. Some insurers that have a referral requirement waive the referral requirement in specific states that have direct access to physical therapy. 

How does Direct Access affect Medicare patients?
Medicare beneficiaries are able to go directly to physical therapists without a referral or a visit to a physician. (http://www.apta.org/DirectAccess/Medicare/)


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